Many children have issues that hinder learning.

A new report from Scholastic shows that an alarming number of Ohio students struggle with barriers to learning outside of school, including hunger, mental illness and poverty.

The recently released Ohio Teacher & Principal School Report covers a wide range of topics, including educational conditions, funding priorities, family engagement and the importance of reading. The national survey, which includes 16 state-specific reports, polled 4,700 educators who work in pre-K through 12th grade.

According to the Ohio report, 88 percent of respondents said their students face external barriers to learning. Among those they cited:

93 percent of teachers have a student dealing with a personal or family problem. 85 percent have a student who needs mental-health services. 83 percent have a student who lives in poverty. 77 percent have a student who comes to school hungry. 70 percent have a student who needs health care. 59 percent have a student who is homeless or in temporary housing. 45 percent need English-language support.

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